Sneezy the Snowman

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A snowman keeps doing things that make him melt, but the kids build him up again.

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A snowman keeps doing things that make him melt, but the kids build him up again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Three cartoon children try to warm up shivery Sneezy--whose skinny carrot nose, spindly branch arms, and beady black eyes make him resemble Jack Skellington more than Frosty. Drinking cocoa, sitting in a hot tub, and warming up by a bonfire all result in Sneezy melting, followed by his request to "Make me brand new!" Each time, the children rebuild him, contributing some of their winter wear, until Sneezy--in pink stocking cap and orange jacket--is too hot. But ice cream saves the day: " ‘This is great!' the snowman cried./ ‘I'm not too cold and I'm not too hot,/ and I'm wearing clothes I like a lot.' " Although Wright's verse too often strains for its rhymes ("I need to feel some warmth on me./ There's a campfire by that tree"), Gilpin's illustrations are quirky and fun. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Sneezy has an unusual problem for a snowman: He's cold! In fact, Sneezy is so cold that he's willing to throw caution to the wind in order to feel a bit of warmth. So he drinks a cup of cocoa—and melts. He soaks in a hot tub—and melts. He stands by a campfire—and melts. Each time, the children rebuild him and offer a bit of clothing to help him feel better, from a stocking hat to a scarf to a coat. Wouldn't you know it? All decked out in the body-warming clothes, hard-to-please Sneezy feels too warm! Luckily, the children have a solution. Wright's rhyming text is well suited to this whimsical story. Parent storytellers will have fun acting out Sneezy's big sneezes and exhortations, while emergent readers will appreciate the refrains throughout. Gilpin's illustrations are attention-getting and fun, punctuated with the antics of a pair of amusing cardinals. Young readers will ask for this book more than once. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Sneezy the Snowman is cold. In an effort to warm up, he drinks hot cocoa and subsequently melts. Now a puddle in the surrounding snow, he asks three children (and two playful cardinals) to rebuild him. Once complete, Sneezy is again too cold, so one of the little girls gives him a hat. Unfortunately, it is not enough to keep him warm. He attempts a dip in a hot tub only to once again melt and be rebuilt, and adorned with an additional garment. He has a similar experience involving a campfire. This time, however, the snowman gains a coat. Now he's too hot. At last, the children get him seven scoops of ice cream and he reaches a happy medium. The repetitive, rhyming text reads well. The bright, cartoonlike illustrations are hand drawn and colored in Photoshop, and the small details will reward those who have a close look, particularly at those cardinals. This new take on a popular seasonal theme should find a warm audience during cold months.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Sneezy the Snowman, perhaps because he's made of snow, is cold, so he helps himself to a cup of cocoa. "And then—right there—believe it or not... / he melted from drinking something too hot!" Responding to his puddled request to "Make me brand-new," three children build him up again and give him one of their hats, but he's still cold, so he finds himself a hot tub. "And then—right there—believe it or not... / he melted from sitting in water too hot!" What readers really won't believe is that this cycle happens yet again without the kids saving him from himself. The cure for his chills? Ice cream. The utterly illogical end to this story of one unbelievably dense snowman is par for the course. Skip it. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761457114
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 118,418
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    My four year old son loves this book, and memorized most of it. The photos are adorable and the child characters willingness to keep re-building Sneezy shows definite persistence. We look forward to trying Sleep, Bear, Sleep!

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